Title: There Will Be Blood
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson, based on a novel by Upton Sinclair
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Dillon Freasier, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O’Connor
Music: Jonny Greenwood (and non-original music)
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Actor (Day-Lewis) and Best Cinematography; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Sound Editing; currently #128 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 158 minutes
Synopsis: a successful oil man is revealed to be a misanthropic sociopath
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for concept, story and pacing) c. 2.9/4 (Good).
I don’t really get the point of this. It’s very well shot, the acting is great, the music is great. The writing of any given scene is great. But it’s very slow, and there’s just not much of a story. I expect more than subtle character development when I sit down for a period epic.